I hope that during these unprecedented times you are taking the moments to enjoy your family and the extra time you get to spend with them. Although this time can be seen as extremely challenging I want our athletes to look at the positives and do everything they can to make the best out of a unique situation.
An aspect that is critically important that you can take control of is your positive energy, your overall mindset, and in turn your mental health. Take this opportunity with the extra time you have to write down three positive aspects in your life everyday. This exercise will not only show you the areas of your life to be grateful for, it will also exercise your mind to inject positive thinking in an otherwise negative time period. An additional activity you can take part in is controlling the information that you take in everyday. With the current situation there is an excess of negativity driven information and it is important to ensure that you are feeding your brain a healthy dose of positive ideas. How you can practically put this into action is to complete activities such as reading a new book, challenging yourself with a new skill, listening to a podcast and ensuring to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day. If you focus your energy into these positive areas there is a great opportunity for you to learn and come out of this situation even stronger than before.
While we all would like to be exercising with our friends, or watching playoff hockey it is important we focus on the aspects of life we can control. As athletes, mental preparation and having a positive mindset are so important both on and off the ice. Challenge yourself to complete these exercises and it will in turn benefit yourself and the people in your life. Stay positive, stay healthy and stay safe everyone.